Roller blinds (also called roller shades) are especially useful for blocking out light since they’re typically made of a solid material like polyester or vinyl. This makes them great for children’s rooms when you need it to be dark during daytime naps or stay dark in the early morning so your little ones don’t come wake you up at the crack of dawn.
However, what roller blinds provide in utility they often lack in appearance. Fortunately, there are options for sprucing up those roller blinds to fit the décor of the rest of the room.
Paint it On
If you’re comfortable with painting, then you can treat your roller blind like any canvas. Remove the blind from the window and stretch it out on a flat surface. Use a pencil, along with stencils or rulers, to sketch out shapes, stripes, patterns or other images. Then apply the indoor-safe paint — in one colour or a variety — bringing your original idea to life.
For a less organized approach, go the finger paint route and let your kids just have at it.
Either way, be sure to do it in an open, well-ventilated area and allow the paint to completely dry before rolling it back up.
Glue it On
If paint isn’t your thing, you can decorate the roller blind with any sort of flexible material. Fabric, ribbons, coloured tape or tissue paper are potential options — anything that will easily roll up with the blind.
Either sketch out how you want it to look or eyeball it, then cut out the materials and use spray adhesive to secure the materials to the roller blind. Allow ample time to dry and you’re ready to go.
Cut it Out
While this option requires a little more planning and care, the end result can be quite stunning.
- Using stencils, rulers or any other potential designs, trace out a pattern or design on the canvas
- Place the roller blind on a cutting mat or old workbench and cut out the pre-sketched shapes with a razor blade
- Secure fabric or tissue paper on the back of the roller blind with spray adhesive to completely cover the gaps you created
This will allow some light to come through the fabric or tissue paper, illuminating the designs you created and adding a glowing touch to the room.
What do you do with your window décor? Let us know in the comments below.